Babylon 5: The River of Souls

Babylon 5: The River Of Souls
TNT Promotional Poster for Babylon 5: The River Of Souls
Genre Action
Created by J. Michael Straczynski
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Janet Greek
Starring Jerry Doyle
Tracy Scoggins
Jeff Conaway
Richard Biggs
with Ian McShane
and Martin Sheen
Theme music composer Christopher Franke
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Douglas Netter
J. Michael Straczynski
Producer(s) John Copeland
Susan Norkin (associate producer)
Skip Beaudine (co-producer)
Cinematography Fred V. Murphy
Editor(s) Suzanne Sternlicht
Running time 94 minutes
Production company(s) Babylonian Productions
Distributor TNT
Original network TNT
Original release November 8, 1998

The River of Souls is the third feature-length film set in the Babylon 5 universe. It was originally broadcast on November 8, 1998 on TNT, as one of two films shown over the 19981999 season to fill in the gap between the fifth season of Babylon 5 and the first season of the spin-off series Crusade.

Plot synopsis

Babylon 5 TV seasons and films

In order of series chronology:
224548 • In the Beginning (1st film)*
2256 • Babylon 5 station commissioned
2257 • The Gathering (Pilot)
2258 • Signs and Portents (Season 1)
2259 • The Coming of Shadows (Season 2)
2260 • Point of No Return (Season 3)
2261 • No Surrender, No Retreat (Season 4)**
2261 • Thirdspace (2nd film)***
2262 • The Wheel of Fire (Season 5)
2263 • The River of Souls (3rd film)
2265 • The Legend of the Rangers (5th film)
2266 • A Call to Arms (4th film)
2267 • Crusade (spin-off series)
2271 • The Lost Tales: Voices in the Dark
2278 • In the Beginning (1st film)*
2281 • Babylon 5 station decommissioned

* The framing story is set in 2278.
** The final episode of the season includes scenes of future events up to 3262 and beyond.
*** The story is set between the two wars in season 4.
The final episode of the series is set in 2281.

After a short absence from Babylon 5, Michael Garibaldi returns to the station to meet with a person in his employ. An archaeologist in search of a means of immortality brings his most recent find to Babylon 5 an orb containing one billion souls of an extinct race. Within days a Soul Hunter (played by Martin Sheen) arrives claiming the orb was stolen from his people. With the assistance of the archaeologist the souls break free from their captivity in the orb and bring havoc to the station.


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